Category: Formational Theology

What we need to know about Christian Formation

The N-I-H Syndrome

In the early days of computer software development, nearly everything was proprietary. Everyone kept their methods and internal structures secret, and rejected most of what anyone else was doing. If we needed something we did not have, we designed it

Whose I Am

One of the most persistent problems that keep Christians from experiencing the abundant life is that of a distorted sense of identity. If we do not know who we are in Christ, then it is highly unlikely that we will

A Testimony of Grace

I just want to pass along a story that was posted on the website for Healing Center International about a person whose life has been transformed by engaging with God for healing. The story speaks for itself, so I will

Hidden Treasure

Here is a great excerpt from Dallas Willard’s Renewing the Christian Mind: The kingdom of heaven is like where something of extreme value is concealed in a field. Someone discovers it, and quickly covers it up again. Overflowing with joyous

The Salt-Free Gospel

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, it will become tasteless and no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. (Mt.5:13 PAR) Sadly, much of the Church today

Belief and Intention

“The vision of life to the full in the kingdom through reliance upon Jesus makes it possible for us to intend to live in the kingdom as he did. We can actually decide to do it. Concretely, we intend to

Pursuit of God

Interesting quote from A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God “Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the Living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that

Improving Our Aim

“But the aim of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith” (1Tim.1:5) Last weekend I presented a seminar over near Raleigh, NC, entitled “Transformation by Design” in which I covered (among

Process vs Outcome

About 30 years ago while working with some friends in a recovery group, we hit on the idea that process is more important than outcome. That is, we realized that we actually had relatively little control over the outcome of


Almost every day we hear news that makes us wonder how long the world can last. And with very little effort we can find doomsday prophets who will predict with certainty that the end is near. Not that long ago